F1 Fanatic round-up: 18/5/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Coming up later today we’ll have the results of the Monaco round of the Predictions’ Championship. For now, here’s the daily round-up:


What happened to Button’s McLaren on the grid (ScarbsF1)

“Although this was a rare error, as the car has these fans fitted when it pits during testing and free practice. One still wonders if McLaren will revert to a one piece design or tighten up the grid procedure to prevent another similar situation arising at future races.”

Damon Hill rejects accusations of bias after ruling on Michael Schumacher (The Times)

“Partly, of course, my discomfort was because I was called to make a ruling on an incident involving Michael. I acted entirely properly but I have already received some stinging e-mails accusing me of prejudice.”

F1 2010 Interview: Andy Gray (Gamespot)

More on the forthcoming F1 2010 game which is available to order.

Why Schumacher broke the rules in Monaco (BBC)

“[The] interpretation was shared by all the team managers bar that of Mercedes – I understand that upon seeing Schumacher’s move every single one of them got in touch with race director Charlie Whiting to say it was not allowed.”

Comment of the day

HalfVector made a great contribution to the ‘stats and facts’ article with this data on Alonso’s climb from 24th to sixth:

Fernando Alonso matchs the best recovery in Monaco: 18 positions. From 24th to 6th. The other ones:

Andrea de Adamich from 25th to 7th
Guy Edwards from 26th to 8th
Eric Bernard from 24th to 6th (not starting from last position and with 19 DNFs)

Site updates

There’s a lot of discussion going on between people heading to up-coming races. In the past 24 hours we’ve had comments from people who are going to the Belgian and Canadian Grands Prix:

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

The original Lotus team started their first F1 race on this day in 1958.

Two Lotus 12 cars were entered for Cliff Allison and Graham Hill in the Monaco Grand Prix, Allison bringing his home in sixth.

The team went on to start 491 races in their original guise, winning seven constructors’ titles and six drivers’ titles.